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Honey in the Hive

Mar 3 - Mar 24, 2022

Vincent CY Chen

Rough Rider

Fiberglass, polystyrene, polyurethane, silicone, Epoxy resin, aqua-resin, acrylic, MDF, stainless st

23.5 x 22.5x 16 in. (59.69 x 57.15 x 40.64 cm.)

Honey in The Hive, a new Shin Haus two-person show, is situated in the contemporary moment of queer art history, illuminating the recent development that is non- human figurative queer art. What unites the work of Adam Linn, who primarily works in drawing, with Vincent CY Chen, who works in sculpture and installation art, is an interest in engaging implicitly queer themes— including gender, the sensual, the prurient, and the glibly playful—while moving beyond the long-trekked modes of queer art that have focused on centering the human body.

Adam Linn (b. 1995, Pittsburgh, PA US) is an artist based in Pittsburgh, PA who works in drawing and print media. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 with a BFA in printmaking and moved back home to continue his practice. Adam is a current member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Print Group. Adam’s work often features the motif of a cartoon feline, which he has queered by emphasizing both feminine and masculine traits. Long high-heeled boots, supple calf muscles, flaxen curls, puckered lips, and seductively painted uneven nails are often emphasized, anthropomorphizing the feline figure to explore themes such as internalized homophobia, gender-bending, and the seedy underbelly of the “un- fabulous.” Linn’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including Borough Baroque (2021, 5-50 Gallery, Queens, NY), Sit...Play Dead (2020, Super Duchess Gallery, New York, NY) and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 107th Annual Group Exhibition (2019, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA).

Vincent CY Chen (b.1993, Taiwan) is an emerging artist based in New York, who works in sculpture and
installation. Chen received his MFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2019. His works consist of multimedia displays that negotiate shame and desire, using alluring saturated colors, curvaceous forms, and illumination. Being a queer immigrant from Taiwan, Chen’s work navigates the competing layers of otherness by centering the body. One theme often featured in Chen’s works is the anthropomorphization of flora, fauna, and animals to explore queer and taboo themes. Examining relics that fetishize the exotic, Chen creates a world built of biological oddities, sexual fetishes, and artifacts of power. This world is influenced by science fiction, religious iconographies, body horror films, and queer culture.